Snowpack news: Storage may obviate the effects of the expected below average streamflow forecast


Click on the thumbnail graphic for an ogive of the statewide snowpack (from the Natural Resources Conservation Service), which has flat-lined over the past few days.

From (Tara Meyer):

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that Colorado’s snowpack is 81 percent of average, as of March 1. At the beginning of February, the snowpack was only 72 percent of average. Although February snowfall helped increase the snowpack significantly, the state is well behind last year’s totals. The March 1 measurement is 71 percent of last year’s snowpack on the same date.

From The Mountain Mail (Mike Campbell):

The Arkansas, Upper Rio Grande and Colorado river basins improved with 86, 83, and 75 percent of average, respectively [for March 1]. Colorado snowpack increased to 81 percent of average – up 9 percent…

The Yampa and White river basins snowpack is up 14 percent for 47 percent of average. The North Platte basin was at 80 percent. The basins of San Juan, Animas, Dolores and San Miguel rivers were 86 percent of average…

For most water users, reservoirs throughout the state are above or near average, she said, which should help with late-summer shortages.

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